Viewing cable 05VILNIUS152
Title: LITHUANIA TO REITERATE CALL FOR NATO FLEXIBILITY

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05VILNIUS1522005-02-15 16:17:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000152 
 
SIPDIS 
 
EUR/NB AND URE/UMB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/14/2014 
TAGS: PREL PGOV LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA TO REITERATE CALL FOR NATO FLEXIBILITY 
AND SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AT NUC 
 
REF: A. SECRETARY 58 
 
     ¶B. USNATO 107 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Officer Trevor Boyd 
for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania, probably through President Valdas 
Adamkus, will utilize the February 22 NATO-Ukraine Council 
Summit to reiterate its call for NATO to respond positively 
to the new political reality in Ukraine, to elevate the 
NATO-Ukraine partnership to a new level, and to urge the 
Alliance to provide Ukraine with a clear integration path. 
While Ukraine needs to consolidate its embrace of democracy, 
NATO, say senior MFA interlocutors, should be flexible and 
send clear signals to encourage democratic reform and promote 
cooperation with the GOU.  Provided that Ukraine's progress 
in strengthening its democracy continues, Lithuania would be 
willing to discuss the NATO-Ukraine relationship at April's 
informal NATO ministerial in Vilnius.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) We met with Kestutis Jankauskas, Director of MFA's 
Security Policy Department, and Vytautas Leskevicius, of 
MFA's NATO Division, on February 15 to discuss Lithuania's 
agenda ahead of the February 22 NATO-Ukraine Council (NUC) 
Summit.  Lithuania, said Jankauskas, is seeking a speaking 
opportunity for President Valdas Adamkus at the NUC to 
reinforce the message conveyed by Foreign Minister Antanas 
Valionis at the February 9 NATO Foreign Ministers Working 
Lunch (ref A). (On the margins of the inauguration of 
Croatian President Mesic, Adamkus is scheduled to meet 
Ukrainian President Yushchenko February 18 to discuss 
Ukraine's interest in integrating more fully with 
trans-Atlantic institutions). 
 
¶3. (C) Lithuania supports the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan, and 
believes it is too early to support a formal Ukrainian bid 
for NATO membership (ref B).  The GOL believes, however, that 
NATO should recognize that Ukraine has entered a new, 
qualitatively different phase of political development. 
While it falls upon the GOU to consolidate and deepen 
democratic reforms, said Jankauskas, NATO should encourage 
and buttress GOU efforts by illustrating flexibility and 
sending explicit political signals of support as the 
Ukrainian democratization efforts advance.  NATO, he said, 
can help the GOU harness "the spirit of euphoria" in Ukraine 
by providing a clear integration path following the NUC. 
NATO, said Jankauskas, should look for "serious progress" 
through incremental, pragmatic steps towards democratic 
targets.  Should discernable progress be achieved in the 
coming months, Lithuania, he said, would be willing to 
discuss Ukraine at the April NATO informal ministerial 
meeting in Vilnius. 
 
¶4. (C) Comment: In keeping with its self-image as a champion 
of democratic elements in the former Soviet Union, Lithuania 
will do all within its power to keep Ukraine on the West's 
agenda.  Lithuania recognizes that Ukraine needs to undertake 
immediate steps to consolidate its democracy following the 
Orange Revolution.  It believes, however, that NATO can 
decisively support these efforts.  If Ukraine can make 
serious progress, even in small increments, Lithuania will 
continue to advocate for an acceleration of its neighbor's 
integration with trans-Atlantic organizations. 
Kelly